Ecology of Marine Sediments by John S. Gray

By John S. Gray

Marine sediments give you the greatest habitat on planet earth, but wisdom of the constitution and serve as in their natural world remains to be poorly defined in present textbooks. This concise, readable creation to benthic ecology builds upon the strengths of the former version yet has been completely revised all through to include the recent applied sciences and strategies that experience allowed a swift and ongoing improvement of the sphere. It explores the connection among group constitution and serve as, and the choice of worldwide examples guarantees a world attraction and relevance. the industrial worth of marine sediments raises day-by-day, mirrored within the textual content with a brand new emphasis on toxins, weather switch, conservation, and administration. This obtainable textbook is acceptable for either complicated undergraduate and graduate scholars who've had a basic ecology path, yet no extra education in benthic ecology. it's going to even be of relevance and use to expert researchers and experts in marine ecology and environmental technological know-how who search a compact yet accomplished creation to benthic ecology.

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The historical debate on the niche concept will not be discussed but interested readers are referred to the review of Vandermeer (1972). The most widely accepted view is that of Hutchinson who divided the niche into two parts. 6, where the features that create the water column and sedimentary fundamental niches are indicated). No species in fact ever occurs over the full range of the fundamental niche but is restricted to a part of the area. This is called the realized niche and is defined as that area where the species does exist.

A good example would be the effect of an oil platform on the surrounding environment. A typical sampling design is the one shown in Fig. 5, which is used in the OSPAR Commission’s guidelines (OSPAR 2004) for monitoring the effects of oil and gas platforms on the marine environment. Sampling stations are placed at logarithmically increasing intervals from the safety zone (within 250 m of the platform), doubling to 500 m, 1 km, 2 km, and 4 km (a distance where no effects are likely to be found). Four radii are used and often the alignment is not to due north but along the residual direction of current flow, hence increasing the likelihood of detecting a near-field effect influenced by the hydrographic regime.

Elliott (1993) gives a simple but nevertheless comprehensive account of general statistical problems of sampling and how to determine the appropriate sample size. In particular he discusses statistics denoting precision of the mean, thus giving a lead into power analysis (see below) which should be used to determine the number of replicates required based on the dispersion of the fauna being sampled. Similarly, the number of samples to be taken in a given area to answer given objectives is often a compromise.

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